Posts made in March, 2015

Oprah Wins Round Two of Trademark Infringement Case

Posted by on Mar 16, 2015

Oprah Winfrey claimed a second victory against motivational speaker Simone Kelly-Brown in a trademark battle over the phrase “Own Your Power.” Kelly-Brown and her company, Own Your Power Communications, claimed Winfrey, and other named Defendants infringed on her trademark under both federal and state laws, and included a slew of other related claims. (Read the opinion here) Winfrey first won this case on a motion to dismiss, but the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit vacated the court’s order with respect to Plaintiffs’ trademark infringement, false designation of origin, and reverse confusion claims, and the case was sent back to the trial court on...

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Graffiti Artists’ Copyright Infringement Case to Move Forward

Posted by on Mar 2, 2015

Italian fashion house Roberto Cavalli will be heading to court after a federal judge overruled its motion to dismiss a copyright infringement case against it earlier this month. (Read the full memorandum here) The clothing and accessories company was sued by three graffiti artists for alleged copyright infringement, unfair competition, and false designation of origin of murals they painted in San Francisco. Jason Williams, Victor Chapa, and Jeffrey Rubin – colloquially known as “Revok,” “Reyes,” and “Steel,” respectively – were commissioned to paint the mural, which they allege Cavalli featured in its “Just Cavalli” line. The trio sued on the basis...

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